Jochen Hick's film portrays Tom Weise, the producer of the HustlaBall, an event originally created in order to encourage the acceptance of male prostitutes, but also to launch a rent boy ...
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Jochen Hick's film portrays Tom Weise, the producer of the HustlaBall, an event originally created in order to encourage the acceptance of male prostitutes, but also to launch a rent boy website. After his parents split and, having lost all contact with them, this slightly-built former student of politics decides to go to New York at the beginning of the 1990s. Being virus-positive, he is obliged to live in the USA illegally. In fact, according to the law, he cannot even pay a visit to this country. At first Tom has a hard time eking out a living as an escort. Unable to earn enough money, he winds up on the streets without a roof over his head. In the end, he succeeds in helping Jeffrey Davis set up an internet page, rentboy.com, which, ten years later, becomes the largest website for escorts. Increasingly beset by health issues, loneliness and drug abuse, in 2006 Tom eventually finds someone with whom he can share his life. He and his African-American partner decide to go to Berlin.... Written by
The film follows the true story of an amazing gay man who helped to build the iconic Hustle Ball and RentBoy website. Tom Weise is sweet, raw, and honest in this film about his work, his sexuality, his struggles with HIV, his battles with his citizenship status, his family relations, and his beautiful love life. He is one of those rare humans who has overcome life's challenges with an inspiring perspective. The film also explores the perspectives and experiences of several escorts, gives you insight into the Hustle Ball parties and the day to day of managing Rentboy.com. Incredibly entertaining, thoughtful, and insightful. Highly recommended film!
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